Perception Cannabis Dispensary Proposal
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Perception Cannabis' Proposed Dispensary
On Tuesday, March 14, the 49th Ward office hosted a community meeting to discuss Perception Cannabis' proposal to open a dispensary at 7000 N. Clark. 7000 N. Clark is currently zoned as C1-2, so no zoning change is required. However, in Chicago, dispensaries are required to obtain a Special Use Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals in order to operate.
Perception Cannabis is a social equity license holder looking to open a location in the 49th Ward. It's CEO, Charles Cherqui, is a long-term 49th Ward resident and is committed to hiring within the community.
We would like to hear residents' feedback on the proposal. Please take a moment to complete the online feedback form at bit.ly/PerceptionFeedback. Feedback will be accepted through April 2, 2023.
More information on the proposal and Perception Cannabis' plans are available below. A recording of the community meeting is available to view by clicking here.
Community Meeting on Perception Cannabis' Special Use Permit Request March 14
Perception Cannabis will join the 49th Ward office for a community meeting on Tuesday, March 14, at 6 pm to request its request for a Special Use Permit to open a dispensary at Clark and Lunt.
After a long search for a suitable space to open its dispensary, Perception Cannabis is interested in opening at the former currency exchange located at 7000 N. Clark. The plans also include a parking lot so customers can easily access the business. The large footprint, prominent facade, and proximity to the new Wild Onion Cooperative make it an ideal location for a recreational cannabis dispensary. The dispensary would inject new life into a critical commercial corridor in the 49th Ward and encourage additional economic development in the area.
Perception Cannabis is a social equity cannabis license holder; its CEO, Charles Cherqui, is a long-term 49th Ward resident. Perception is a majority Black-owned business and plans to hire from within the company. It is a bonafide Social Equity Startup, differentiating it from the major cannabis companies that operate across the country.
7000 N. Clark is currently zoned as C1-2, so no zoning change is required. However, in Chicago, dispensaries are required to obtain a Special Use Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals in order to operate.
My office will host a community meeting on the proposal on Tuesday, March 14, at 6 pm via Zoom. To register to attend the meeting, visit bit.ly/PerceptionCannabis. Spanish translation will be available.